Fantasy Hockey Week 10 Preview; Kris Letang replacements
Week 10 of the Fantasy Hockey season is a quiet one with the break. 22 teams play three games, while eight play only twice. No four-game streams this week, just a boat load of injuries to deal with.
Kris Letang (lower-body) is just one of several big names to suffer injuries during Week 9 of the Fantasy Hockey season. For Letang, he hits IR again and his initial timeline listed him out for a couple weeks. Letang has already missed seven games this season and hasn’t played a full season since 2010-11. This is what you should have expected when you drafted Letang. He’s a great play when he’s healthy, but an injury keeping him sidelined is nothing new for him. Owners shouldn’t be surprised.
Trevor Daley (upper-body) had value in deep leagues and was a solid DFS play if you wanted a piece of the Penguins’ offense at low cost. That won’t be the case anymore as he’s listed as week-to-week. If you own him, you can go ahead and drop him.
Justin Schultz has points in eight of his last 10 games. Five goals and 13 points over that span with three of them coming on the power play. He led all Penguins skaters in ice time (27:11) Friday and played 23:03 Saturday. Schultz has a big time opportunity here with Letang and Daley sidelined. His price tag is rising in DFS, but still worth it at the moment. He’s also a must add after being a speculative add two weeks ago, which was the start of his hot run.
P.K. Subban (upper-body) missed Saturday’s game against the New York Rangers and did not travel with the Predators on their two game road trip. So he’s out Monday in Philadelphia and likely Tuesday in New Jersey. Predators are back home Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings. For Subban, last year was the first season in which he missed significant time. He’s been healthy basically his entire career.
Andrei Markov (lower-body) left Saturday’s game in Washington during the third period, but no word on the severity of the injury. He’s listed as questionable Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild. He failed to practice Monday and he’s day-to-day right now.
Much like Letang, Mike Green (undisclosed) also has a significant injury history. He’s ruled out Monday against the Carolina Hurricanes and is considered day-to-day.
The hits just keep coming for blue liners as Erik Gudbranson is set for wrist surgery which will likely keep him out for months. Not a Fantasy stud, but a great real life defenseman and probably Vancouver’s best which means we should continue to target the Canucks in Daily Fantasy Sports contests.
Hopefully you were able to pick up Andrej Sekera last week. He continues to roll. Dion Phanuef, too. He could be hanging around the waiver wire. He hits, shoots, blocks and can produce on the power play. He also drops the gloves here and there.
Wish I was done, but I’m not and this one hurts…
The Tampa Bay Lighting placed Nikita Kucherov (lower-body) on IR retroactive to December 13th. Kucherov has missed the last three games and is certainly worth an IR spot, or just a stash if you’re out of spots. Same can’t be said for his teammate Ondrej Palat (undisclosed) who has missed the last two games. No word on his injury as he’s considered day-to-day, but he’s been fairly disappointing and isn’t worth a roster spot in any of my leagues.
These injuries open things up for Jonathan Drouin and Valtteri Filppula. Drouin has four goals and eight points in his last seven games. He has 16 shots on goal in his last five games and has played north of 18 minutes in four straight. He even eclipsed the 20 minute mark in two of those games. Filppula won’t shoot the puck as much as Drouin, but he has six points in his last five games and played 23 minutes in Tampa’s last game. Both are playing with Brian Boyle who is a sneaky DFS play and someone who can save you a few bucks. Boyle has three points in his last three games with nine shots on goal and is also playing north of 19 minutes these days.
Artem Anisimov (upper-body) didn’t suit up Sunday against the Sharks and is listed as questionable Tuesday against the Senators. Hopefully for owners and the Blackhawks, he doesn’t miss too much time as he’s been red hot of late with four points in his last four games. Ever since Jonathan Toews returned to the lineup four games ago, Anisimov, Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin have combined for 18 points.
David Pastrnak (elbow) underwent surgery Friday and is already ruled out of Tuesday’s game against the New York Islanders. He missed Saturday’s contest against the Los Angeles Kings and he’s expected to miss a few more days.
Andrew Shaw (concussion) is dealing with symptoms and has missed the last two games. Shaw missed practice Monday and is questionable to play Tuesday. I’m a believer in Shaw in leagues with hits, PIMs and faceoffs, but I wouldn’t hold on for too long. Mike Fisher has four goals in his last three games and does everything Shaw does and more, including more hits, faceoffs and power play time.
Jonathan Marchessault (lower-body) has missed six of his last seven games and was playing well over his head when healthy to begin with. I’m not buying in to his hot start, but your wire may be thin. He’s questionable Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Jonathan Huberdeau (knee) has been skating and will likely return in January. The buy-low window on him and Aleksander Barkov is closing.
Rickard Rakell – C/LW
Rackell has 14 goals in 21 games this year and seven goals in his last nine games; eight over a current six-game point streak. He’s been lights out all year and is on pace to crush his 20 goal season last year. He won’t keep scoring at this pace, but he’ll get chances every game as he continues to play with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.
Eric Staal – C
Staal had 13 goals in 83 regular season games (Carolina & New York Rangers), and he’s well on his way to crushing his total from last year as well. Staal has 10 goals on the year, six points over a four-game point streak and has eight points in his last seven games. He has 24 points to date and only had 39 last year with seven of them coming on the power play. He already has five points on the man advantage this year.
Mark Letestu – C
The 31-year-old vet has been money of late. Not worth a season long add, but worth a contrarian DFS play. He has five points and 19 shots on goal in his last five games, two of his five points have come on the power play where he plays with Connor McDavid. Letestu is taking key faceoffs, killing penalties and has seen his ice time jump as a result. He played 20 minutes last week against the Blue Jackets.
Tomas Plekanec – C
Last week I told people to pick him up forgetting that his head coach Michel Therrien does not like to play him with anybody good. You think after Alex Galchenyuk went down he’d get a shot at top line minutes. Nope! David Desharnias had to get his shot. Well he went down days after with a knee injury meaning finally a chance for Plekanec to play with Alexander Radulov and Max Pacioretty. He had six points in three games. Clearly not good enough for the vet as he’s been bumped down to the third line. Helicopter line – no wings! He’s not even getting any power play time. Phillip Danualt makes for an OK DFS play as he played his last game with Radulov and Pacioretty this week. If you’re playing, keep an eye on the third member of that line. He’ll be cheap. Brendan Gallagher is getting close to the cut list as well.
J.T. Miller – C/LW/RW
Why do so many own Miller? Is it because he’s a Ranger? It’s probably because he picked up 17 points in his first 17 games. Well, the hot streak is over and is was only a matter of time as the Rangers’ forward has five points in his last 17 games. I have no use for him, you shouldn’t really either.
Michael Grabner – LW/RW
Same goes for Grabner who is an average 3rd-4th liner. Yes, he has 13 goals, but only one in the last 13 games while playing 13 minutes a game.
Week 10 Waiver Wire
Conor Sheary – LW/RW
This is the third straight week for Sheary, but he’s still not owned in enough leagues, so here we are again. Sheary has nine points in his last 10 games with a total of 36 shots on goal. Currently playing with Sidney Crosby and just keeps trending up.
Bobby Ryan – RW
Ryan is as streaky as they come, but right now he’s on a roll. He only has six goals on the year, but three in his last three games. His low ownership is likely due to the fact he broke his finger, for a third straight year. He can still reach 20-25 goals and that’s hard to come by.
Sam Gagner – C/RW
I’d only own Gagner in a deep league, or a salary cap league as he makes less than a million. That said, he’s been worth every penny for the Blue Jackets. Gagner has 22 points on the year with 10 of them coming on the power play. Gagner only plays 13 minutes a game, but he has six goals and nine points in his last 10 games. He also has 27 shots on goal over his last seven. Again, the point production will come down, but he should always be used on the power play.
Victor Arvidsson – RW
Another guy who has appeared on this list for weeks, but still a low owndership. He only has three goals in his last nine games but he has at least a point in six of those nine games. He has 20 points on the year and his 98 shots on goal ranks 16th in the NHL, 14th among forwards.
Anthony DeAngelo – D
DeAngelo has three goals and nine points through 16 games this season and was called up for a second time last week. Since his call up, the Coyote’s defenseman has a goal and an assists, both coming on the power play, and 13 blocks and 11 shots on goal in five games. He played a season-high 21 minutes in his last game. Six of his nine points have come on the power play and his not only a great DFS play, but a solid add. Keep an eye on his status when playing DFS. Coyotes are doing some weird things with their pairings. Micheal Stone has been a healthy scratch here and there.
Jake Gardiner – D
Gardiner enters Monday’s game on a five-game point streak. He has three power play points over that span. Gardiner is also getting a ton of ice time (22 plus minutes in eight straight) and he has 21 shots on goal over his last six games.